Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Nigerian flying eagles were literally bundled out of hotel in Poland

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria who
were sent packing from the ongoing
U20 FIFA World Cup in Poland on
Monday were literally bundled out
of the Hotel Ambassador Premium
Tuesday after failing to vacate
their rooms.
The Nigeria U20s are protesting the
nonpayment of their allowances
and qualification bonus totaling US
$5,000 per player.
The BBC reports that Nigeria will fly
out of Poland today after a
dispute about bonus payments at
the Under-20 World Cup was
verbally settled.
The Flying Eagles were due to leave
on Tuesday after a 2-1 loss to
Senegal in the round of 16.
However the squad refused to leave
their hotel in Lodz after the Nigeria
Football Federation (NFF) failed to
pay about US$5,000 per player
bonus.
This led to players and officials
missing their scheduled flights to
Abuja.
The NFF has promised they will be
paid on their return to Nigeria but
despite the assurances the players
remained wary.
“It’s been verbally resolved now
and we have arrived in the city of
Warsaw,” one of the players told
BBC Sport.
“We were promised $2,000 in
bonuses and our camp allowance of
$100 per day, sadly we never got
anything and to think our coaches
are being owed wages too.
“After what happened here it’s
difficult to trust anyone when we
return home, but we have decided
to leave on Wednesday after
reassuring words from the NFF
general secretary Mr. Sanusi
Mohammed.”
The NFF, which receives direct
funding from government, has
struggled to get approval for the
release of funds.
The cash-strapped NFF, which has
been forced to seek financial help
from sponsors to cater for the
various national teams on
international assignments, has now
had to make alternative flight
arrangements for the squads.

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